On May 29, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to President Barack Obama that identifies a comprehensive set of recommendations, including the implementation of systems engineering, to address cost and quality challenges in healthcare.
An exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition
Sponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.
Entries are now being accepted for the SHS Student Simulation Competition. Gather a team of four students to solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500!
Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Orlando, Fla., at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 18-20, 2015. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, complimentary conference registration, certificates and cash awards.
Entry forms for the fall session of the competition are due no later than Sept. 30. Don't miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the "awards."
For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition Web page.
Virtually everybody, from CMS
to veteran muckraker Steven Brill, argues that healthcare costs are too
high— but which costs are they really talking about? It's often hard to tell. After cracking his dusty
business school textbooks and making the rounds of his finance experts, Michael
Koppenheffer can tell you for certain what the problem is: People are talking
about no fewer than six different types of "costs." Michael Koppenheffer outlines
these six types of costs in an infographic.
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare had a nurse retention problem. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of the system's nurses left within the first year, and a growing number were leaving before the 90-day mark.
Cloud-based electronic health record vendor Practice Fusion has launched a continuously updated database of de-identified patient information.
After months of anticipation, Apple recently unveiled its new health app — its cloud-based information platform known as "HealthKit," and a slew of new partnerships with Epic Systems, Mayo Clinic and a number of other hospitals.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology's algorithm to help oncologists evaluate the clinical benefits, side effects and costs of a cancer drug or therapy will be fine-tuned over the summer and should be available for public comment by the fall, said Dr. Lowell Schnipper, chair of the society's Value in Cancer Care Task Force.
The University of Utah was the first healthcare system to post reviews from patients online — the good, the bad, the ugly. Think of it as Yelp for doctors. This sort of transparency can be stressful for doctors — as it would be for anyone whose performance is open to the public — but the positive effects are undeniable.
|Muhanad Hirzallah, Ph.D.